Moral Mondays

NC Legislative building
NC General Assembly

Former North Carolina Governor Jim Holshouser was laid to rest today. He died this week at age 78 in a state very different from the one he governed 4 decades ago.

His Republican Party has changed a lot too.  Congressman Howard Coble served in Holshouser's cabinet.  "I think he was concerned in enlarging our tent," Coble told host Frank Stasio on The State of Things. "We have some folks in our party who would like to build a barrier around the tent and permit only those who agree identically with every issue, and that's not practical."

Screen shot of the 'Pick the Protester Game' on the Civitas website.
screen shot of Civitas website

The  Civitas Institute posted an online database of Moral Monday/Witness Wednesday arrestees yesterday on its website, prompting a flood of responses and online commentary. The database includes demographic breakdowns of 382 people by political affiliation, age, race, and employment, and even includes a “Pick The Protester Game" in which the user must match a piece of demographic information with one of three mugshots.

A woman is arrested at the state capitol as a part of a Moral Mondays protest.

84 people were arrested at the General Assembly in another of the "Moral Monday" protests led by the state NAACP.

Church leaders led this week's demonstration and were among those taken into custody Monday night.  So far, more than 380 arrests have been made.  The civil rights organization and a number of left-leaning groups are speaking out against policies pushed by the Republican-controlled legislature.

Reverend William Barber addresses the Moral Mondays rally at the capitol, NAACP protest
Jessica Jones

151 people were arrested at the General Assembly Monday night. It was the fifth “Moral Monday” demonstration at the legislature, and it was the largest yet.

Police estimate that at least a thousand people crowded the mall behind the building to protest Republican policies on everything from education to tax cuts.  They started gathering on the Halifax Mall late yesterday afternoon.

A woman is arrested at the state capitol as a part of a Moral Mondays protest.

If you've gone to the legislature these past four Mondays, you likely encountered a group of demonstrators singing, chanting, holding hands and raising signs. And a lot of them are getting arrested. Since April 29th, 153 people have been arrested at what the NAACP and other organizers are calling "Moral Mondays."

A group of community members and scholars joined host Frank Stasio on WUNC's The State of Things to talk about the recent arrests, as well as the theory and history behind civil disobedience on a global scale.